Resources to raise community awareness of brain injury

The global brain injury awareness week ran from 10–16 March 2014, though in the US they extended this to the entire month of March. In recognition of this period, publisher Routledge made free access available to the collection of their top 25 most downloaded articles on brain injury that had been published in their journals in 2013. While brain month may have officially ended, these articles will continue to be available free until the end of April 2014. This is a great opportunity to continue to raise awareness of brain injury, and provides an opportunity to provide links to high quality resources to people who don’t normally have access to subscription-based peer reviewed journals.

The Routledge page on the collection also provides links and provides the full author details of these manuscripts, but I’ve summarised them here by title, grouping them by approximate topic to assist you to filter through them. All links go straight to the article in question, and again, access is free until the end of April 2014. Kudos to Routledge for making these available. For 2015, it’d be great to see something like this, and perhaps see a number of publishers select the papers that might be directly useful to people with brain injuries and their families, and provide open access to those papers perpetually.

Mood, anxiety and anger after brain injury
Feasibility and initial efficacy of a cognitive-behavioural group programme for managing anger and aggressiveness after traumatic brain injury.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety in adults with acquired brain injury: What works for whom?

Diagnosis and treatment of an obsessive–compulsive disorder following traumatic brain injury: A single case and review of the literature.

Neuropsychological functioning of combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury.

Staff-reported antecedents to aggression in a post-acute brain injury treatment programme: What are they and what implications do they have for treatment?

Interventions for cognition
Evaluation of neuropsychological rehabilitation following severe traumatic brain injury: A case report.

Effectiveness of an electronic cognitive aid in patients with acquired brain injury: A multicentre randomised parallel-group study.

The needs of family and support people
Depression and anxiety in parent versus spouse caregivers of adult patients with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review.

Impact of a family-focused intervention on self-concept after acquired brain injury.

Service communication with clients
The effect of varying diagnostic terminology within patient discharge information on expected mild traumatic brain injury outcome.

Rehabilitation outcomes
Post-traumatic growth, illness perceptions and coping in people with acquired brain injury.

Executive function, self-regulation and attribution in acquired brain injury: A scoping review.

Patients' experience of return to work rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury: A phenomenological study.

The relationship between alcohol and cognitive functioning following traumatic brain injury.

Diagnostic procedures
Never say never: Limitations of neuroimaging for communicating decisions after brain injury.

Prevalence of traumatic brain injury in juvenile offenders: A meta-analysis.

Cognitive functioning
Differences in MMPI-2 FBS and RBS scores in brain injury, probable malingering, and conversion disorder groups: A preliminary study.

Executive function outcomes of children with traumatic brain injury sustained before three years.

Examination of outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: The contribution of injury beliefs and Leventhal's Common Sense Model.

Psychometric assessment measures
Impaired National Adult Reading Test (NART) performance in traumatic brain injury.

Sustained attention following traumatic brain injury: Use of the Psychomotor Vigilance Task.

Utility of the Mild Brain Injury Atypical Symptoms Scale to detect symptom exaggeration: An analogue simulation study.

Memory functioning in individuals with traumatic brain injury: An examination of the Wechsler Memory Scale–Fourth Edition (WMS–IV).

Use of the structured descriptive assessment to identify possible functions of challenging behaviour exhibited by adults with brain injury.